Anna Sophie Dauenhauer & Lukas Maria Kuen
Anna Sophie Dauenhauer and Lukas Maria Kuen first performed together in 2008 and are widely acclaimed for their technical mastery, lyrical sensitivity and passionate performances.
In 2013 they recorded their Debut CD "Extase".
The album was inspired by Philippe Gaubert´s "Quatre Esquisses" , including the main title "Extase", and represents a world premiere recording of that sadly neclected work. The CD is completed by Gabriel Fauré´s Sonata in A major, as well as the little known Violin Sonata op.36 by Gabriel Pierné. By this choice the artists appreciated Pierné´s 150th anniversary with a German debut recording.
In 2015 they recorded their second CD, presenting sonatas by Pfitzner and the Busoni.
Lukas Maria Kuen has established an extremely distinguished and wide ranging career as a concert pianist. Having formed duo partnerships with many distinguished artists, he also enjoys orchestral playing and has been a member of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks since 2010 and in 2015 he has been invited to perform as a soloist with them. He is also under demand as a pedagogue and as such is on the faculty at the Academy of Music and Theatre, Munich.
He studied in Munich, graduating in piano, song recital accompaniment and chamber music under the tutorage of Michael Schäfer (piano) and Helmut Deutsch (song accompaniment). During the completion of his studies he attended masterclasses with Irwin Gage, Klaus Schilde, András Schiff and Menahem Pressler. In addition to his position held in the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, he also works regularly as an orchestral pianist with the Bamberg Symphony and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras.
Having established himself as a fine accompanist as well as orchestral musician he was appointed ‘Official Accompanist’ at the acclaimed ARD International Music Competition in Munich.
Lukas Maria Kuen has also won recognition and prizes in several competitions, including ‘Prize for Best Pianist Achievement’ in the 2003 International Competition Franz Schubert and the Modern Music competition in Graz, Austria. He was awarded First Prize at the 2002 International Max Reger Competition, Weiden (1st prize and Audience Prize), the 2003 Wolfgang Jacobi Competition for Modern Chamber Music, the 2004 Alice Samter Competition for piano trio in Berlin, and at the 2000 Salomon Lindberg Competition Berlin (best song accompaniment).